BIM 360 is a cloud-based construction project management solution for businesses of all sizes. It offers collaboration and communication tools, task management and file sharing.
Users can interact with models and drawings from a web browser, add feedback to images and documents, as well as create markups and redlines. Clients and employees can view, comment and markup designs uploaded to BIM 360 Team.
BIM 360 supports multiple file formats AutoCAD (DWG, CAD), DXF, Revit (RVT), IFC and Navisworks (NWD, NWF). The platform allows user roles and permissions to be managed and controlled by project administrators. A mobile app for iOS and Android devices is available.
Pricing is subscription-based. Support is available via email, over the phone and through a knowledge base.
Ricardo S. Branche: Tiefbau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 2-10 Mitarbeiter
BIM 360 is a much needed centralized information platform where you can share all the information regarding a Civil Engineering and Architecture project with all the team, or teams, that are participating in such project. I find this tool entirely useful for my projects, because I can share all the information about a project with my team, involving different disciplines such as Structural Engineering, Architecture, Plumbing Engineering, Interior Designers, and, most importantly, the Client Team.
The main difference about BIM 360 and other cloud services is that it allow us to review Autodesk files. Personally, in the projects I've participated, I've used it for reviewing, markups, and comment files from AutoCAD, Revit, and 3DS max. This is very useful because you don't have to install an app for using this service, all you have to do is access to the BIM 360 page from any smartphone, tablet, or pc, and you can view the model from that page.
1) Access to the Autodesk files for Reviewing.
2) Saving all the information regarding a Civil Engineering Project.
3) Access to the Autodesk files from any smartphone, tablet, or pc.
4) Interaction with the models without the need of an app, just by accessing from any browser.
5) Markups and comment sharing.
The only con that I can think about is that you cannot edit files in this software. But, since its purpose is just to share information, I don't think that is necessarily a con.
Paul B. Branche: Architektur & Planung Mitarbeiteranzahl: 51-200 Mitarbeiter
The most important aspect of the program, collaborating models between far-flung users, works solidly. You'd expect a higher quality user interface from a company as established as Autodesk, but that's a minor complaint. Autodesk's customer service is responsive and they support their programs well.
This program is the default collaboration software for the architectural industry. As such, it is almost impossible to work on a large project and not need it. Sharing models between architects and consultants is a breeze, and even allows live linking (but still allows incremental updates as well).
However, Autodesk doesn't just sit on their monopoly; they push updates consistently and listen to users' requests.
While it is improving with each update from Autodesk, the web interface still has much to be desired. It doesn't have the most intuitive layout (for example: I'm still unsure why the global "Account Admin" settings are found in a project-specific tab) and can be laggy when switching between tabs. I would like a desktop client as well since my browser typically has many tabs open at once and the BIM 360 tab can get lost.
Leonardo R. Branche: Architektur & Planung Mitarbeiteranzahl: 2-10 Mitarbeiter
For a designer or a builder is like a never getting old toy.
When I had to tenderized before BIM, it was a whole journey, design on Cad, transfer and convert to sketchup, rhino and Revit, with BIM just attach your planes, and you're good to go and take to virtual reality, what you are imagine as it is.
It will keep improving, don't change the platform with each software update.
John L. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 51-200 Mitarbeiter
I've used BIM-360 as part of the BIM coordination process on 2 separate projects. The idea is that you store your CAD files in the cloud, and the BIM administrator for the project creates composite ("merged") models, combining all of the trade models. These merged models are stored in the cloud and are accessible from computers and ipads. The ability to view current and updated models on an ipad in the field is really the main benefit to using BIM 360, in my opinion.
Having said that, the only way that particular feature (and all of the others, for that matter) works properly, is if the project BIM manager does all of the necessary "housekeeping" so that you have good model hygiene - like using proper model origin and orientations, eliminating "space junk" from the model files. If you have any of those things, the default model view is zoomed way out, and makes it almost impossible to zoom into the model. Every time you hit the "top view" or "home view" buttons, it resets back to being zoomed way out. The BIM 360 model viewer actually works better on the ipad that it's PC application.
Other features that leave a bit to be desired are:
*Navigating the model (PC app). Saving and recalling viewpoints, and running clash detection. Navisworks Manage is far superior in all of those areas.
*If you use BIM 360 to view your model, as opposed to using Navisworks or Revit, you have to upload your CAD file every time you want to see a model update. The upload takes some time and becomes somewhat tedious. There is BIM 360 plugin for Navis Manage that allows you to log into the BIM 360 server through Navis, and view any of the merged models that have been created. So you're essentially using Navis to navigate, take viewpoints, make annotations, run clashes. But you still have to upload your own CAD file to the cloud if you want to see the changes take place in current Navis session. You can save a local copy of the model as an NWD file.
*Navigating the file/folder structure is tedious. When you download a file (another trade's CAD, for example) from Bim 360, it NEVER remembers the previous save location. Very annoying.
FINAL THOUGHTS: We scrapped BIM 360 and use only Navis and Dropbox for coordination currently. If our foremen could view an accurate and current model on an ipad in the field the product would be worth consideration. Proper BIM management makes all the difference. There are glitches, and a learning curve.
The ability for the field to call up the model on an ipad.
Everything else is inferior to currently existing market products.
It seems like the overall user experience could be made greater with fixing a many of the operational glitches with the platform. I would get rid of the clash detection and figure out how to incorporate more seamlessly into Navisworks. Also, perhaps allowing the models to be saved directly to BIM 360 from navisworks. Also, the product would be better if you could more easily save viewpoints with annotations - with the ability to assign action items to individuals. I feel like Navisworks manage is still where all of the coordination work takes place. I think that a Navisworks app for ipad is really where the product needs to go.
Verifizierter Rezensent Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 1.001-5.000 Mitarbeiter
The latest model is very easy to find. The old ones also appear in the file.A very useful program to monitor the necessary changes and check files. It also enables users who are not in the same environment to work together.
Multiple users can make changes to models at the same time and these changes do not need to be synchronized to be processed on the model.
While multiple users make changes to the models without synchronizing, work on the model occurs. We can solve these studies with another program.